Program Information

Program Description

The Life Sciences program at SKC is a four-year degree program that is designed to teach students about how molecules interact within living cells, through the study of molecular and cellular biology and chemistry.  An active, hands-on research experience is an integral part of the program.  This program offers competitive, paid laboratory internships, as well as academic credit for working in SKC’s two research laboratories – the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (SKC-ECL), and the Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory (SKC-CMBL).  Students with productive research projects often travel to national meetings ranging from Hawaii to Washington D.C. to present their work.

The Life Sciences Program welcomes students with Associate’s of Science degrees from other programs.  Such students will need to work closely with an advisor to ensure that the SKC course requirements of the Freshman and Sophomore years are met.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor Degree in Life Sciences will be able to:

  • Apply the scientific process to study chemical and biological systems
  • Apply appropriate quantitative analysis to scientific data
  • Communicate scientific information effectively in writing and oral presentations
  • Work as part of a productive research group
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research
  • Articulate the relevance of their research to tribal cultural values and indigenous scientific frameworks



  • A student must earn a C or better in all required core courses and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate with the B.S. (Life Sciences).
  • Students may need to strengthen math, English and writing skills with additional coursework prior to entering the Life Sciences program. Your Academic Advisor will help you plan coursework that meets your specific needs and goals.

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